2014 EICMA: 2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800 Preview

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

MV Agusta takes the wildly fun Rivale and turns it into a light tourer

Looking to tap into the lightweight touring segment, MV Agusta unveiled the Stradale 800 this week at EICMA. Resembling the sporty and athletic Rivale, the Stradale 800 takes that platform and modifies it for a slightly more touring-oriented ride.

For starters, the Stradale gets a mini windscreen that MV says is adjustable with just one hand. If you’ve ever ridden the Rivale, you’ll appreciate how important the addition of a windscreen, even a small one like this, really is. From there, seat height is reduced 10mm to 870mm, or 34.2 inches. It’s still quite tall, but the narrow seat/fuel tank juncture should help riders touch the ground easier. Front and rear suspension units offer 5.9 inches of travel and are fully adjustable. Combined with the 30mm longer wheelbase, measuring 57.4 inches (1460mm), and subsequently longer single-sided swingarm, the Stradale has the ingredients for a stable ride in the twisty stuff. At least compared to the twitchy Rivale.

If you remember from our previous test of the Rivale, fuel capacity and range were serious limiting factors. MV has addressed this by adding four liters extra capacity (1 gallon), for a total of 16 liters (4.2 gallons). While still on the smaller side for a touring rig, the additional tank space certainly is a welcome addition. Then of course the most obvious change to the Stradale over the Rivale is the saddlebags on each side, which integrate the turn indicators.

Otherwise, the Stradale and Rivale are virtually identical: from the steel trellis frame with aluminum side plates, to the 798cc inline-Triple with counter-rotating crankshaft to minimize inertia during side-to-side transitions. The Electronic MVICS suite is back, which includes four different power modes, ABS with rear wheel lift mitigation and quickshifter, for full-throttle clutchless upshifts.

Color schemes for the new Stradale 800 include: Red/Silver, Pearl White/Aviation Grey, Bronze/Pearl White. U.S. pricing and availability were not available at press time.

Follow the rest of our 2014 EICMA Show coverage for more information on new 2015 motorcycle announcements.

Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at Motorcycle.com in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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  • JoMeyer JoMeyer on Nov 04, 2014

    I know this is an unfair comment, but I cannot help think that this is a beautifull chick bike. It is almost too pretty. But what were they thinking with the indicators in the bags? If that is the only place for the back indicators it means you can never remove the bags? That's just stupid.

    • Zandit75 Zandit75 on Nov 05, 2014

      There are also indicators mounted on the rear hugger/mud guard.
      I noticed there was a lack of indicators on the back of the Turismo Veloce, until I found them mounted on the hugger.

  • Zandit75 Zandit75 on Nov 05, 2014

    So where's the production version of the Turismo Veloce?
    And is that bike able to take a top box like this Stradale?